It was a pretty full day Saturday. All five kids came with me to Hampshire Hills in the morning. Claire and I took BodyStep while the rest went to the machine room. Often we usually just stay there and have brunch at their grill, but we decided to make a trip into Nashua and have lunch at Chipotle. Eating at that particular Chipotle often seems like a bit of an homage to Michelle. She often stopped there after teaching one of her cardio classes in Merrimack. By the way: try Chipotle's new chorizo offering. Claire 'n I did and it has a nice kick!

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The downside of working out and then having a heavy burrito bowl lunch is that we often feel sleepy from the food coma -- like post-Thanksgiving dinner but on Saturday afternoon! So we then stopped at A&E Roasters where Blake was hard at work at the coffee bar. One large Papua New Guinea coffee for Papa, and assorted drinks for the kids.

Newly re-caffeinated and now able to see in color, I head home to start the laundry pipeline. Then I reviewed the Milford Voters Guide once more before heading to the polls. Sadly even though the local town polling was postponed from Tuesday to Saturday (because of Storm Stella) only 1865 out of 11,149 registered voters showed up. 1/6th of the voters. I consider them the 1/6th who now have the right to complain about how the town is managed, how money is spent, and their property tax bills. I was also a bit sad that two local candidates that I knew did NOT get the positions they were campaigning for.

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Click to see the official movie trailer

Once I got back it was almost time to get the kids ready for Mass. It was the monthly Teen Mass and Teen Night Out. Michael & Daniel were ushers and gift bearers. Timothy was an altar server. Since it was Lent and a lot of the youth ministers had conflicts with planning the night, we kept things low key. I picked up a bunch of pizzas and soft drinks and we watched Risen. What I like about Risen is that it's not a movie about Jesus per se. It's about Clavius, a Roman Tribune, who was there at the crucifixion & burial and is later directed by Pontius Pilate to head the investigation about what happened to his body after burial. Teens are naturally filled with doubts and skepticism and I think this is a movie that helps them face those.

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If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others.

If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others.

Good morning and Happy Feast of St. Clare, whom my oldest is named after. 'Tis a rainy one here in New England and it's predicted we'll get about an inch of rain today. At least it's not snow. It won't be long before a precipitation like today translates to 6 to 12 inches of The White Stuff.

I went to 7:30 Mass and for a quick egg sandwich afterwards. We were surprised to see our pastor at Mass this morning because he's supposed to be on vacation this week. Claire Bear has the day off to spend with her four sibs. Since they have an adult with them, I drove down to the office. I listened to more of my audiobook, "Seveneves" along the way. I've got about six hours to go with this 32 hour "audio tome". With the constant steady rain, it was not a top-down commute, but a wipers-on commute. Still... it's been a nice summer overall and I can't complain. At least the lawns didn't burn out this summer.

I've got a writeup to work on this morning and two long meetings after lunch. If all goes well, the bulk of this rain will be mostly out of New England by the time I head home.

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Ah, the downside of web clipping recipes and editing out the background discussion of how a particular foodie came to try this-or-that recipe. Note in the original web site it says, "a bit spicy for the kids".

Creole Rice Skillet with Andouille Sausage

Creole Rice Skillet with Andouille Sausage

Yes, yes it was. Claire Bear and I prepared this last night. I thought it was good and had a second bowl, but not the kids. The poor kids couldn't finish their bowls. It's not "my lips are burning" spicy. It's "my scalp is sweating" hot. I apologized for the mistake, not knowing just how much "kick" Andouille Sausage had. What Chorizo is in Mexican cooking, Andouille is for French/New Orleans cooking. I might try it again but with a milder sausage.

So tonight we're going to "cool it" with shmancy tuna salad wraps: onion, matchstick carrots, sprouts, celery, etc. In the meantime I need to decide what I want to do with the two leftover uncooked Andouille sausage links, at least for something I can eat when the kids are away. Perhaps dice it up and add it to some lentils or beans.

Other than the Sunday dinner mishap, I think we had a good weekend. Some of us watched the 2008 romantic comedy "Over Her Dead Body".  We got to Hampshire Hills twice on Saturday: once for a workout and later on to brave the outdoor pool. We went to the Saturday evening Youth Mass where Abby played clarinet for the last time this school year.

Sunday morning we took a bunch of too-small clothes to Goodwill. Then I took the family for breakfast at Panera before we did some clothes shopping next door at Target. I made a Marian mini-pilgrimage with my friend Dick Horn. We also learned three card games over the weekend. This came in particularly handy on Sunday, as it rained most of the afternoon. Late in the evening The Boyz and I stayed up to watch another episode of "A.D." So good.

Today the much needed rain continues. The younger four are in school. Claire Bear is interning locally today through Wednesday and working at the oral surgeon Thursday and Friday. I took the van to the 7:30 services at St. Patricks, had a quick egg sandwich at Cafe on the Oval, and head down to work. Yes, the minivan had more visibility -- which is nice on overcast, rainy commutes -- but man is it boring to drive compared to "Shadow". I offered up the Luminous Mysteries for the children and then listened to some Renaissance history the rest of the way. I'm looking forward to getting my Chromebook tonight. I can use it while making my notes for this Wednesday's RCIA summer session.

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